LSAC Lost July LSAT-Flex Scores
- Jul 30, 2020
Admit it: someone, somewhere was naive enough to utter the phrase, “2020 can’t get any worse.” And now, for some July LSAT-Flex test takers, it’s much worse. Sometime yesterday afternoon, LSAC began making calls informing certain test takers that they lost July LSAT-Flex scores. Yeah. Lost….as in, gone.
What really happened is less unbelievable, but no less infuriating. Apparently, there was a glitch that affected how students’ answers were transmitted into their system, which caused answers not to store properly. Despite their best efforts, LSAC couldn’t recover the lost July LSAT-Flex scores. It’s worth mentioning that this didn’t happen with the May or June LSAT-Flex exams and most July test takers did receive their scores.
However, this group of students whose scores were lost by LSAC is at a crossroads for how to proceed. For those test takers, LSAC offered:
1. A full refund of their July LSAT-Flex registration fee
2. A free retake in August (likely the week of August 3rd) with scores available within a week or less, or a free retake during any of the LSAT administrations through April 2021
3. 4 free score reports (worth $180)
Nobody ever truly wants to retake the LSAT. (except for the nerds that teach this test—a number of Blueprint instructors and tutors have retaken the LSAT for fun and in solidarity with their students. Go figure.) But if you’re applying to law school, you’re going to need an LSAT score on record. So if your score was swallowed up by LSAC and ProctorU’s computer network, you’ll probably want to choose a time to retake. When you should retake, however, largely depends on your actions after the July LSAT-Flex.
Scenario A: You were prepping for the August LSAT-Flex anyway.
Sometimes students come out of their LSAT knowing they’re going to cancel. Maybe their boyfriend/girlfriend broke up with them the day before test day and they spent the entire night listening to Adele on repeat instead of sleeping. Maybe they got sick. Maybe anxiety got the best of them. Whatever the reason may be, sometimes students know they didn’t do their best—and that’s OK. In these situations, students will continue prepping for the next LSAT while they wait for their results.
It’s possible this happened to you in July. You logged out of your Flex test, registered for the August LSAT, and spent the last three weeks doing drills, strengthening your diagramming skills, etc. The news that your July score was lost and you’ll have to retake it isn’t too jarring, because that’s what you were going to do anyway. You might even skip out on next week’s test and just wait until the August LSAT-Flex, and then use your free retake only if you have to. (Though you could instead use July 2.0 as a warm-up for August.)
Scenario B: July was your one-and-done.
If you’re like most people, your goal was to take the LSAT once and never open another prep book again. If, by chance, you had to retake, you were going to worry about that when you received your score back today. Now you definitely need to take the LSAT again but aren’t sure if you should do it sooner rather than later.
It’s important to remember that it’s been at least three weeks since you last identified logical fallacies. You surely experienced some attrition in your skills. If you’ve spent the last few weeks on a Netflix binge (and you had every right to), then you might not want to take the free retake next week.
Ask yourself how confident you were before the test. Were your practice test scores at or near the range you wanted? If you were not consistently scoring where you wanted to in your practice tests before the July LSAT and you haven’t been prepping this whole time, we advise you to consider taking the October, November, or January LSAT. This gives you enough time to really understand what areas need more work. Blueprint LSAT’s analytics help students identify the strengths and weaknesses and consistently challenge you to improve. You can take an online LSAT class for November or go through an on-demand LSAT course at your own pace for the 2021 January LSAT.
If you were confident going into the July LSAT-Flex, take a practice LSAT immediately to see what level you’re at right now. Then triage and prioritize the areas where you lost the most. Did you lose timing in logic games? Are you missing a certain type of question more than others? Identify the skill that atrophied and then focus on the big stuff and harder passages. You probably didn’t want want to take a three-week break in the middle of your LSAT prep schedule, but it’s 2020 and these things apparently just happen now.
We know this is unfair and wholeheartedly not your fault. However, we also know LSAT students are some of the brightest and most resilient individuals you can find—as you should be, since your lawyer ancestors used to duel instead of draft memos. One day you’re going to look back on this little setback and laugh…and laugh…But today, pour yourself a drink, crack those knuckles, and get ready to crush your next LSAT!
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